The National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu has called for the rejection of the use of computerised Card Reader Machines by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for accreditation and tracking of information on the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.
According to INEC, the machine could help in checking rigging as it would display information on any person who has voted but the PDP has now expressed concerns that the machine may not make for credible elections as it is said to easily malfunction especially when the battery weak.
The party also accused INEC of engaging in a lot of manipulations that could favour the opposition, saying that as a ruling party, the PDP was only being diplomatic so as not to be seen as being opposed to the polls.
The party Chairman made these observations in Abuja, when a delegation of Africa Union election observers led by AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Abdullahi visited the national secretariat of the PDP.
The Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, also yesterday asked INEC to accept blame for not being ready to conduct a free and fair elections in the country, saying ‘’that the evidences are on the ground to show that the commission was not ready to go ahead with the polls as it claimed.’’
The Saturday Vanguard, however, gathered from reliable sources that for each card reader to be effective, it has to be charged for about 24 hours prior to the election even as it may not last for long hours before the battery would go down.
Muazu also noted that although the use of card reading machines, which forms part of INEC’s Electronic Management Tool, EMT was a welcome development in the nation’s political history, the failure of INEC to meet up with the role expected of it as it had not test-run the machines for Nigerians to see whether the process would be successful or not was a big failure by INEC.
According to him, Nigerians cannot be used as guinea pigs over the matter, hence INEC management must get their acts right before introducing the device.